London: Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is facing the 'gravest threat' of his short rule, as his refusal to compromise over his new powers was challenged by one of the biggest protests since the fall of ex-President Hosni Mubarak.
Despite Muslim Brotherhood predictions that turn out for marches at Tahrir Square would be low, up to 1,00,000 liberals, secular political leaders and even moderate Islamists came out in force against Morsi.
They deliberately tried to capture the spirit of last year's revolution against Mubarak.
"We can't accept a new dictatorship under any circumstances, not after our children have been dying in the streets," Anes Abu Yousef, a university professor, said.
"He's not our president, he's a president for the Muslim Brothers," Pierre Tawfiq, 30, a Coptic Christian accountant from central Cairo, said.
He rejected Brotherhood arguments that the declaration was necessary to ensure stability, and that most Egyptians cared more about the state of the economy than of the constitution, the report said.
"What has improved under Morsi?" he said, adding, "No jobs, no money, even in the middle classes there are people who can't find jobs."
According to the Telegraph, the Muslim Brotherhood called for a counter-rally planned to support Morsi on the eve of what the opposition were dubbing the 'new Tahrir Square revolution'.
Morsi, however, refused to make any major compromise to his declaration of last Thursday removing the right of the constitutional courts to challenge his decisions, striking down unilaterally a court case to disband the Islamist-dominated constitutional committee, and sacking the prosecutor-general, the report said.
According to the report, the Muslim Brotherhood spokesmen took to Twitter on Monday night specifically to deny reports that a compromise was being offered in a meeting Morsi held with the country's top judges, the Supreme Judicial Council.